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Will iPhones Replace Cameras in Professional Photojournalism?

By: Sarah LeBlanc
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, taken by Jorge Quinteros.

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, taken by Jorge Quinteros.

Since I purchased my first iPhone in 2012, I have not touched my old Nikon camera. With a device that allows me to edit and post my selfies to Facebook from the palm of my hand, why would I?

I was thrilled, then, when Apple announced on Tuesday that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus would be released with photographic improvements that rival those of professional cameras. Elements such as an optical stabilization system that will help keep videos and images stable, as well as Focus Pixels used in cameras from companies such as Sony and Fujifilm, will all be included in the new iPhone.

With updates like these, are expensive professional cameras even necessary in photojournalism?

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Goodbye Photojournalism, Hello Amateurism: The Downfall of Journalism Specialists

Original illustration

Original illustration

In a gust of controversy, the Chicago Sun-Times fired its team of photojournalists earlier this year. The justification? Reporters armed with iPhone cameras can do the job just as well.

Is this practice the new paradigm? An article by Lou Carlozo recently questioned if photojournalists are a “digital casualty.” A main point of the Chicago Sun-Times’ decision, Carlozo says, was to devote more dough to video production (that is, reporters hitting “record” on their iPhones).

As more publications move online, users demand interactivity. Brands amp up multimedia, brainstorming new ways for users to click and browse. Online newspapers become flashier and more involving, and “play” buttons abound. But will old-fashioned print journalism—and the photographs that accompany it—be left in the dust?

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Photoshop Ethics

By Morgan Cannata

We’ve all seen a published photo of a model with a missing limb, pixie stick legs and an all too perfect complexion. With digital technology improving, more possibilities are becoming available. We wonder, just because we can do something, should we?

Photo by Morgan Cannata

Photo by Morgan Cannata

Julia Bluhm, a fourteen-year-old girl, started a “digital diets” petition against magazines’ Photoshop tactics. She asked Seventeen magazine to “show just one unairbrushed photo spread a month.” Julia said, “her peers are increasingly developing eating disorders and serious body image issues as a result of what they see as unattainable looks.”
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A picture is worth a thousand words

Posted by Raquel Rivera

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. – Ansel Adams

After our discussion with Karen Mitchell it really got me thinking about how photography adds to news coverage. We hear about all of these terrible acts towards human kind and we feel a sense of sadness when reading about it, but the second we see a picture is when those feelings become real. Reading about a Syrian man holding the bloody body of his son, killed by the Syrian Army is different than seeing it. ImagePhotographer: Manu Brabo, puslished in LENS, a digital publication of Photography in New York Times

Do you think articles about war, abuse, drugs or anything of that sort would be as affective as if photographs weren’t used? Do photographs affect you more than words?

“In an era when photography has become an inseparable part of our lives, and accessible to all, it is important to contemplate its moral and political significance,” said Israeli photojournalist, Alex Levac.

Photography can be a very gray area, especially when it comes to knowing when to puclish a photo and when not to. Was it ethical to get an award for the above picture, capturing a moment so personal and publishing it for the world to see? Where do we draw the line of what should be published and what shouldn’t be? Just like the photographs of the woman being abused we talked about. Would that story have been as affective if we hadn’t seen the pictures of it?

Photojournalism ethics, just as in any other profession, are tricky and there are no right or wrong answers. Every situation could be a potential ethical danger.

For example, the question of ethics came up about a photo taken moments after a man was pushed onto subway tracks, and moments before he was hit and killed by an oncoming train.

The photographer, R. Umar Abbasi, said the photography was taken accidentally, he was flashing his camera light at the driver to warn him that someone was on the tracks. The picture was then used on the front page of New York Post. Ethical?

“ Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but to see quickly how to make them good. ”- Bertolt Brecht

Photojournalist Ethics in a Photoshop World

Posted by Jeff Werth

Copyright 2012 The Sacramento Bee

The competition to claim the perfect shot clouds the ethics of some photojournalists.

In February 2012, the Sacramento Bee fired longtime photojournalist Bryan Patrick for violating the paper’s ethics policy forbidding the manipulation of documentary photographs. He created this composite  – the bottom image marked manipulated photograph – of a snowy egret stealing a frog from a great egret from the two images about it. After an investigation of his work, the paper found he had manipulated at least two other photographs, which calls in question his entire career as a photojournalist.

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MediaBistro applauds multimedia journalism

MediaBistro posted a tweet several hours ago that made me appreciate the fact that we as students are encouraged to explore multimedia in our studies. The tweet read: “A good template for the future journalist and content producer: 3 Multimedia Journalists to Watch” followed by a link to 10000Words.net. The article profiles three journalists’ use of multimedia and how they enhance the impact of their stories. All of these journalists are younger (probably under 40) and more tech-savvy than their more-experienced.

One reporter, McKenna Ewan, created a Web site called “Times of Recession” that focused on the recession’s affect on our society. This site incorporated his article, photos and video to create a visual and effective story about the hardships created by the economy.

Mathilde Piarde uses Twitter to exemplify “that young journalists are not the carefree, free-spirited wanderers that veteran journalists often think they are.” Her most notable multimedia projects include a site about women who choose in-home birth instead of going to a hospital and a multimedia profile about Palm Beach, Florida’s top 10 Hot Jobs.

Photojournalist Chris Tompkins is recognized for his exceptional photographic use in multimedia. One in particular was a video essay about Yosemite National Park.

This recognition of these multimedia journalists makes me grateful for our use of multimedia encouraged by our professors. I admit that, at first, I was resistant to starting a Twitter and a blog. I didn’t see the point, it seemed more of a distraction like Facebook. However, after sticking with it and using it to my educational advancement, following tweets of people/companies I find interesting, and immersing myself in my weekly blog, I see the importance of social media. I am also expected to add photos and video to articles I write for J91 (Magazine Writing), which I now realize enhances my understanding of the topic, making me a better journalist.

It is refreshing to see young reporters applauded for their use of multimedia. It gives me as a student a glimpse at what it takes to succeed among more experienced journalists.